What years did you participate in UROP?


What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?

Traditional UROP as a Freshman

What made you choose UROP?

I think that UROP is a valuable resource for the development of constructive research projects. It compels you to think creatively and to question the validity of your ideas. Those are important cornerstones for success in any field.

What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?

My UROP experience inspired me to be methodical in my approach towards business. It taught me the value of having a great team and an inspiring vision. Both of those factors are important for any organization to thrive.

What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?

Unfortunately, I did not keep in touch with my research mentor due to a massive workload both academically and professionally (from my side as well as their side). They were flooded with other projects and students' demands.

How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?

I was able to tackle deadlines and stress more effectively because I dealt with lots of demands in my UROP experience. This guided me to take on business projects that I did not initially believe were scalable. UROP taught me to research with a shrewd eye for trends and opportunities.

Where are you in your professional journey?

I am the author of 15 books. I have written over 60 books which I plan to publish in the next few years. My expertise in literature is in poetry and songwriting. I am an entrepreneur. I am the CEO of Searchkey, an education technology company that enables students to achieve their academic and financial goals. We help to solve the student loan debt crisis by providing information on scholarships, fellowships, and grants. I am also a motivational speaker, activist, teacher, and communication coach.

What advice would you give to a current UROP student?

Make a list of three fields you are really passionate about and try to see whether your current UROP project can contribute to any of those fields. Define your ideas with precision, clarify what role you would play in those fields, and then contact people with the expertise that may assist you in the achievement of your objectives.

What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?


Is there any other advice you would like to impart to current or future UROP students?

Spend your time cultivating your interests, develop a constructive attitude, practice gratitude on a daily basis, and be willing to work more than you will be rewarded for.